3-Week Itinerary Indonesia on a Budget (Bali, Gili Islands, Java)

Indonesia is a stunningly diverse country: You can visit old temples, volcanoes and beautiful beaches – you can see a lot there. Indonesians are mostly open-minded and quite interested in travellers and western culture – sometimes it may feel like folks are a bit nozy.

This backpacking itinerary is a quite easy one – for first-time travellers to Indonesia. It combines beautiful beaches with adventure and culture. Within three weeks, you will explore three beautiful islands of Indonesia: Java, Bali and the Gili Islands of Lombok.

How much time do I need to see all this?

21 days or shorter/longer if you prefer. Just spend some more time at the places you like. Or swap some things with suggestions noted in each post.

How much money do I need for 3 weeks in Indonesia?

700 EUR (824.79 USD) to 900 EUR (1,060.44 USD) per person (travelling as a couple – a solo travelling person might have to spend a bit more) including accomondation, transfer, food and some tours.

When to go? What is the best time to travel to Indonesia?

Usually the best time to travel to Java and Bali is from May-October. Yet, you can consider the months in between the dry and rainy season. Check out this best-travelseason-tool .

Highlights – What will I get so see during the trip?

Rice fields of Jatiluwih , Monkeyforest of Sangeh , Temples of Tirta Empul , Ulun Danu & Goa Gajah , scuba diving at the Gili Islands , scuba diving at the USAT Liberty , hiking Mount Bromo , Temples of Borobudur & Prambanan .

Route Indonesia Bali Backpacker Backpacking Travel

Route Indonesia Java Backpacker Backpacking Travel

You can either use the links in this summary here to get some detailed information about each place, or the floating bar at the botton of the page to navigate through each day.

Day City
Activities
Day 1 Denpasar (Bali) Legian (Bali)
Arrival
Day 2 Legian (Bali) Kuta (Bali)
Visiting City
Day 3 Legian (Bali) Kuta (Bali)
Temple Tanah Lot, Temple Uluwatu
Day 4 Legian (Bali) Ubud (Bali)
Ride to Ubud, Kecak Dance
Day 5 Ubud (Bali)
Visiting City, Lelong Barong Dance
Day 6 Ubud (Bali)
Sangeh Monkey Forest, Kopi Luwak Plantaation, Temple Ulun Danu Bratan, Ricefields of Jatiluwih
Day 7 Ubud (Bali)
Ricefields of Tegalalang, Temple Gunung Kawi, Temple Tirta Empul, Temple Ulun Danu Batur, Kopi Luwak Plantaation, Temple Goa Gajah
Day 8 Ubud (Bali)
Temple Besakih
Day 9 Ubud (Bali) Padang Bai (Bali) Gili Trawangan (Lombok)
Ride to Gili Trawangan
Day 10 Gili Trawangan (Lombok)
Scuba diving "Halik"
Day 11 Gili Trawangan (Lombok)
Scuba diving "Meno Wall"
Day 12 Gili Trawangan (Lombok) Gili Air (Lombok)
Snorkeling at Gili Meno
Day 13 Gili Trawangan (Lombok) Padang Bai (Bali) Kuta (Bali)
Scuba diving "Manta Point", Ride to Kuta
Day 14 Kuta (Bali)
Paragliding in Gunung Payung Beach
Day 15 Kuta (Bali) Tulamben (Bali) Gilimanuk (Bali)
Scuba diving "USAT Liberty", Ride to Probolinggo
Day 16 Gilimanuk (Bali) Probolinggo (Java)
Ride to Probolinggo
Day 17 Probolinggo (Java) Yogyakarta (Java)
Climbing Mount Bromo, Ride to Yogyakarta
Day 18 Yogyakarta (Java)
Visiting City, Ramayana Ballet
Day 19 Yogyakarta (Java)
Sultan Palace, Temple Prambanan
Day 20 Yogyakarta (Java)
Temple Borobudur
Day 21 Yogyakarta (Java) Jakarta (Java)
Ride to Jakarta, Leaving Country
Day Accommodation Food Activities & Misc Transport
Day 1 7,10 USD 25000 IDR (1.85 USD) 25 USD 40000 IDR (2.96 USD)
Day 2 8,15 USD 100000 IDR (7.40 USD)
Day 3 8,15 USD 100000 IDR (7.40 USD) 300000 IDR (22.20 USD)
Day 4 9,20 USD 100000 IDR (7.40 USD) 75000 IDR (5.55 USD) 120000 IDR (8.88 USD)
Day 5 9,20 USD 110000 IDR (8.14 USD) 155000 IDR (11.47 USD)
Day 6 9,70 USD 190000 IDR (14.06 USD) 300000 IDR (22.20 USD)
Day 7 9,70 USD 100000 IDR (7.40 USD) 350000 IDR (25.90 USD)
Day 8  9,70 USD 120000 IDR (8.88 USD)  170000 IDR (12.58 USD)
Day 9 200000 IDR (14.80 USD) 150000 IDR (11.10 USD) 350000 IDR (25.90 USD)
Day 10 200000 IDR (14.80 USD) 90000 IDR (6.66 USD) 35 USD
Day 11 200000 IDR (14.80 USD) 150000 IDR (11.10 USD) 35 USD
Day 12 200000 IDR (14.80 USD) 140000 IDR (10.36 USD) 25 USD
Day 13 9,75 USD 130000 IDR (9.62 USD) 35 USD 300000 IDR (22.20 USD)
Day 14 9,75 USD 130000 IDR (9.62 USD) 1000000 IDR (73.99 USD)
Day 15 120000 IDR (8.88 USD) 800000 IDR (59.19 USD) 300000 IDR (22.20 USD)
Day 16 7,50 USD 80000 IDR (5.92 USD)
Day 17 8,75 USD 90000 IDR (6.66 USD) 600000 IDR (44.40 USD) 200000 IDR (14.80 USD)
Day 18 10,95 USD 120000 IDR (8.88 USD) 350000 IDR (25.90 USD)
Day 19 10,95 USD 130000 IDR (9.62 USD) 30 USD
Day 20 10,95 USD 110000 IDR (8.14 USD)
Day 21 90000 IDR (6.66 USD) 390000 IDR (28.86 USD)
Sum 112,36 EUR (132.39 USD) 137,21 EUR (161.67 USD) 351,68 EUR (414.37 USD) 106,76 EUR (125.79 USD)
Total 708,01 EUR (834.23 USD)

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3-Week Itinerary Indonesia on a Budget (Bali, Gili Islands, Java)

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